Motifs: April 2013

John H. Landis (IAC 53-57) serves as the conductor and music director of the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra. He has served in this role since 1991. He retired in 2009, after nineteen years as a classical music radio announcer on WNED-FM. John is still active as a piano accompanist, trumpet player and percussionist.

Dorrie Bell (AS 54-56, IAC 57-58, UW 60) formerly Dory Rodgers, has retired from her piano service business after 14 years as an independent piano technician. She graduated with a Journeyman Certificate in Piano Technology from the North Bennet Street School in 1999 and served internships at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Glimmerglass Opera.

Nancy Gruett (IAC 63, UW 64-65, IAC St 68) retired after 33 years as a member of the chorus at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Anne Hills (IAC 66-68, IAA 68-71) will be performing this summer at the Evart Folk Festival on August 3 from 1-9 p.m. She will be on stage along with Matt Watroba, Lou and Peter Berryman, and the Goldmine Pickers.

John Hilliard (IAC Staff 67,70,72-74, IAA Staff 73-74, 76, IAC Fac 76-78, 83, 86-91) retired after 33 years of teaching college music composition and theory. John was honored through a concert featuring a sampling of his compositions performed by faculty and students at James Madison University where he taught for 25 years.

Duffie Adelson (IAC 68-69, UW 70, IAC St 72) serves as the president at the Merit School of Music located in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Carow (IAC St 68-70, IAA St 70-71) retired after a long career on Wall Street and academia, publishing one book on economics.

Carole (Schwetz) Lende-Svec (IAA 68-71) is stepping down from being manager of the violin repair shop of Meyer Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For 38 years she has worked in the field of repair, restoration and making violins and is looking forward to sculpting and having fun with wood.

Helen (Weidenheim) Gunnarsson (IAC 72-73, 76-77) joined the American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility in Chicago as an associate counsel in 2012 after around a dozen years freelance writing for the Illinois State Bar Association. Helen was thrilled to visit Interlochen with her husband, Gunnar, and reconnect with old friends there when her daughter, Marianne, attended camp as a junior in 2009 and 2010. In her spare time, Helen continues taking piano lessons, practices on her 1894 Steinway, and also loves to read, write, cook, and travel with her family.

Dr. Stella Sung (IAC 72-73, UW 78, 80, IAC Fac 93) has written an opera that will premiere at the University of Michigan as part of an opera workshop on April 11 and 12 of 2013. It is scheduled to be fully staged for the 2013-2014 season at the University of Florida. Stella is a composer as well as a professor at the University of Central Florida.

David Viscoli (IAC 77-78, IAA 79-83) was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

William Pemberton (AS 78-80, IAA 82-84) finished his tenth season as executive director of the River Raisin Ragtime Revue by producing and performing in Ragtime Extravaganza! at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The show featured vaudeville, ragtime and burlesque numbers with Grammy winners William Bolcom and Ian Whitcomb, jazz pianist James Dapogny, Metropolitan Opera soprano Anita Johnson, actor John Neville Andrews, burlesque dancer Lily LaRue and Erin Morris and her Ragdolls. All were accompanied by the R4 orchestra.

Hirschel (Harry) Moskoff’s (IAC 82-84, IAA 84-85) documentary: The Ark Report - Secret for the Century has been nominated for one of the top four awards in his competition category at the Remi Awards at WorldFest-Houston. Harry could potentially be presented with the platinum, gold, silver or bronze award.

Technical Sergeant Marcel Marchetti (IAA 83-84) was the recipient of the 2012 "Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award." Marcel exemplifies qualities of service and outstanding leadership, which is why he was selected for the award. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force Falconaires Big Band.

Katrin Varner (IAC 83-90) and her husband, Matt Alesci, announce the birth of their son, Alexander Van der Veer Alesci, on January 1, 2013.

Angelin Chang (IAA 85-86) performed in late March at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Gartner Auditorium.

Hon. Holly (Kuschell) Thompson (IAA 85-87) was appointed for another six-year term as a Supreme Court Justice for the Nottawaseppi Huron Potowatami Tribe in December 2012. Hon. Thompson has also served as a Chief Judge and Associate Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. In February 2013 Hon. Thompson was also accepted for a fellowship with the American Arbitration Association's Higginbotham Program. She has a law practice in Traverse City, Michigan where she specializes in Native American law, family law, probate, mediation and peacemaking.

Daniel Jordan (IAA 87-91, IAC St 91-92) and his wife, Chung-Yon Hong, welcomed their first child, Spencer Jaewon Jordan, on December 12, 2012. Dan is the concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra, and spends his summers as assistant principal 2nd violin of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

Nicholas Baumgartner (IAC 88-90, IAA 90-94, IAC Staff 94-96) was named by Financial News as one of its “40 under 40 Rising Stars” in the European legal profession. Nicholas is head of the EMEA equity capital markets legal team at Citigroup. Nicholas, his wife and their two children live in London.

Brothers, Demarre (IAC 89-91) and Anthony McGill (IAC 91, 93 IAA 94-96) were featured on Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.

Teri (Smitherman) Slick (IAA 89-92 IAC Staff 92) co-presented at the October 2012 annual conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with Ryan P. Hall of the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, and then subsequently published an article based on the presentation entitled "I'm a New Advising Director - Now What? How to lead faculty and staff advisors in harmony." The title was established to follow the conference's theme "Empowering Students to Write Their Own Songs of Success".

Peter Carney (IAC 90-91) and Brian Felix's music history iBook, Interactive Listening, was selected by Apple as the number one Editor's Choice for the iPad this month.

Douglas Gaertner (AS 92, IAA 92-94, UM 93, IAC St 94-96, 09-10) celebrated his first guest conducting experience with the Sturgis Wind Symphony of Sturgis, Michigan in early March.

Brynn O'Malley (AS 93-98, IAC St 99) stars as Grace Farrell in "Annie the Musical" on Broadway.

Alice K. Dade (IAA 95-98) will become the assistant program chair at the National Flute Association in 2014.

Benjamin de Boer (IAC 95-97, IAA 98-02) will be featured on WQXR NYC Classical Music station as part of their Operavore Radio Series.

Eveline Dorothy Chang (IAA 97-99) serves as the program manager for BAM's Education and Humanities department in New York, NY

Dr. Angela Duncan Montgomery (IAC St 97-02, IAA ST 98-02, IAOC 06-present) has accepted the position as admissions officer at John Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Emily Heugatter (IAA 97-99) received tenure and promotion this year and will begin this fall as chair of the theatre department at Centenary College. She continues to work as an actor in regional equity theatres, and this January, she and her husband Luke welcomed their first child, Jeremiah Chase Eddy.

Alexia Isaak (IAA 97-98, IAC St 98-99) serves as a targeted and strategic communications consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Julie Jesneck (IAA 97-99) was featured in the premiere of "Grace, or the Art of Climbing" at the Denver Theater Center in Denver, Colorado in January and February.

Dr. Robert Schaer (IAC 98) joined Chris Gray, Rick Baptist, and Wayne Bergeron as the trumpet section for the 2013 Academy Awards Orchestra. In March, Rob began a tour of Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Erin Valentine (IAC 98) serves as a cataloging librarian at Akron-Summit County Public Library.

DaXun Zhang (IAA 98-00) announces his new album, "Bassic Bach." This album is available for download on iTunes.

Kristin Stoneback (IAA 99-00, IAC St 02), Mary Stoneback (IAA 99-00, IAC St 02) and Sarah Stoneback (IAA 99-00, IAC St 02) perform together as the Stoneback Sisters, trumpet trio, and Stoneback Brass, trumpet quartet and brass quintet. Alongside performing Kristen serves as a supply technician and trumpeter in the Colorado 101st Army Band, Mary serves as a faith and youth formation director at Ascension Lutheran in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sarah is a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, working on her doctorate in trumpet performance and pedagogy.

Christina Wallace (IAA 99-01, IAOC 12-Present) joins the Startup Institute as the Director of their New York program.

Jungin (Sunny) Yang (IAC 00, IAA 00-02, IAC Staff 01) joined Kronos Quartet. Her first public performance with the quartet will be in June when they launch the 40th anniversary season of the quartet.

Stanford Thompson (IAC 01-03) is a recipient of a 2013 Sphinx Medal of Excellence. The Sphinx Medal of Excellence recognizes emerging leaders in the arts. Interlochen alumnus, Aaron Dworkin (IAA 86-88) is the founder and president of The Sphinx Organization.

Brody Gusar (IAC 02, IAA 02-03, IAC St 03-06) edited a feature film called "Cheap Thrills," which was accepted into the SXSW film festival.

Malcolm Harris (IAA 02-03) serves as a management consulting project manager for Accenture.

Caleb Hudson (IAC 03-04, IAA 04-06) has joined the Canadian Brass as their trumpet player.

Danny Abosch (IAC 04-06) wrote music/lyrics for "Fancy Nancy the Musical" which was released on Ghostlight Records. The recording features the entire original cast of the acclaimed Off-Broadway production, which is currently running in New York City and on tour. The album is available on iTunes and in stores.

Xavier Galdon (IAA 06-07, IAC St 07) is a student at Columbia College Chicago. In March, Xavier performed with the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Showcase, the oldest jazz club in Chicago.

Georni Liriano (IAC 07) is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.

Trevor Nuckols (IAC 07, IAA 07-10) performed Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of conductor Mark Wigglesworth as part of Juilliard's 2013 FOCUS! Festival. This year’s festival theme was "The British Renaissance: British Music Since World War II."

Morgan Bean (IAC 08-10) has accepted the offer to attend Harvard this fall.

Jake Brinskele (IAC 08-09) is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University where he is studying musical theatre.

Aaron Plourde (IAA 08-09, IAC St 10), Casey Tamanaha (IAC 06), Valerie Sly (AS 06, IAC 08), Zachary Guiles (IAC 02, IAA 05-08) and Andrew Nowry formed the professional brass quintet, Millennial Brassworks. They have received a fellowship to attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Session this coming summer.

Courtney Kuhn (IAC 09-10) is a music education major at Arizona State University, class of 2015.